News: Local, stupid, or both?

Fast Company magazine has a big article out touting "hyper-local" content -- little league games, the minutae of local politics, prom pictures -- as the...

Fast Company magazine has a big article out touting "hyper-local" content -- little league games, the minutae of local politics, prom pictures -- as the future of journalism on the internet. The piece prompted some scoffing from old-media (read: print) types on poynter.org, including the one who called the idea "stupid" because community journalism tends to be, well, crap.

So are small-scale stories the way to go? When considering questions of the value of community journalism, I always turn to my original hometown paper, the St. Augustine (FL) Record.

Today's headlines in the Record:

"Residents air concerns about decal system plan"

"Cardboard box breaks man's fall"

"Family gathers for execution"

Hmm. I knew there was a reason I moved to New York.

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